Shout! Factory Release of 'Transformers Takara Collection' in the Works

Shout! Factory Release of 'Transformers Takara Collection' in the Works

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 4:09pm CST

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We previously reported that Shout! Factory was working on a new release of 'Transformers: Beast Wars', and it now appears the 'Transformers Takara Collection' is also in the works! TVShowsOnDvd is reporting that Shout! DVD director Brian Ward has dropped a number of hints via his Twitter account.

It was just over a year ago, while Shout! Factory was enjoying the success of their award-winning "G1" releases of Transformers on DVD, that a fan who used the nickname "gaastra" asked the studio, via a post at their official message board, the following question labeled "Transformers Takara Shows":

What would it take to get the takara shows (headmasters, masterforce, victory, zone) a release in america? UK and au both have it and america gets nothing. Is there anyway at all to get a r1 release? How about selling a try-out dvd on shouts website? You could include the first episode of all three shows. These shows need a R1 release.

By the next day Shout! DVD producer Brian Ward had responded, asking for feedback about interest in such a release. After all, these stories are the natural follow-up to the G1 Transformers, continuing in Japan with adventures never aired on this side of the Pacific. The message board discussion goes on for a long time, with Brian pointing out what the obstacles would be (and me backing him up a couple of times, in the face of various forms of disbelief about what he's saying). Still, despite those issues, the idea certainly was never shot down; it was clear that the fan base in the USA and Canada had clear interest in a Region 1 title for this so-called Takara Transformers Collection.

As our regular readers know, Biran - who was the producer of the G1 Transformers sets for Shout! - revealed on Twitter last Tuesday that he's working on a new Shout! Factory set of DVDs for Beast Wars: Transformers, the '90s CGI series. This info was certainly noticed by a wide range of people, and the call went out once again for the Takara episodes. By the next day, Brian was tweeting hints like "Big news re: BEAST WARS yesterday. But that's just one of MANY titles I'm excited to be working on. Anyone speak Japanese? #NotReallyAsking".

However, despite that hint on Wednesday, Brian's REAL revelation came along on Friday, when he made another Twitter post that left no room for doubt that he's not only working on a Takara Transformers Collection, but he was actually interested in help from the fans: "Looking for bonus feature material re: TRANSFORMERS TAKARA COLLECTION. Commercials, etc. Got anything? #DoesntMeanImWorkingOnIt #YesItDoes" Fans interested in helping can, of course, reach him by responding to his tweets on Twitter. You can also leave a message for him in the Takara thread at the Shout! Factory message boards (the first link at the top), but keep in mind that the studio is planning to overhaul their site in the near future, and we're not sure yet what will happen to the message board content there.

Finally, in case there is still any doubt about a Shout! Factory project for these post-G1 Japanese items coming to the USA, today Brian tweeted the comment, "Working hard on the upcoming BEAST WARS and TAKARA COLLECTION sets. But can this really be considered 'work?'" So it's a done deal. No word yet on whether this release is limited to the obvious productions of 1987's Transformers: The Headmasters, 1988's Transformers: Chôjin Master Force, and 1989's Transformers: Victory, or whether other material would be included as well...such as a more complete version of the 1986 production Transformers: Scramble City than was previously made available in the USA, as well as 1990's Transformers: Zone production.

Also, as it is VERY early in terms of this project, there's no word yet on when it will be out (like with Beast Wars, we can quite possibly expect it later this year, but naturally there is no guarantee of that at this early stage in the process). Stay tuned, and we'll keep you updated, as further developments occur!

Taken from: http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Transf ... z1E4Emq8Mw

Credit(s): B.K., TVShowsOnDVD


This article was last modified on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 4:12pm CST

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Re: Shout! Factory Release of 'Transformers Takara Collection' in the Works (1182635)
Posted by GetRightRobot on February 15th, 2011 @ 4:26pm CST
Beast Wars!!! Zone, Victory and the rest!! Sweetness!! :D
Re: Shout! Factory Release of 'Transformers Takara Collection' in the Works (1182668)
Posted by kirbenvost on February 15th, 2011 @ 5:29pm CST
This is pretty exciting! :D I never got to see any of the Japanese G1 shows, so this would be a very welcome release.
Re: Shout! Factory Release of 'Transformers Takara Collection' in the Works (1182672)
Posted by Heavy B on February 15th, 2011 @ 5:38pm CST
takara collection??? pass

beast wars for the win
Re: Shout! Factory Release of 'Transformers Takara Collection' in the Works (1182694)
Posted by combatron6969 on February 15th, 2011 @ 6:34pm CST
Takara Collection would be nice for me. But i would prefer if they re-dubbed the English version.
Re: Shout! Factory Release of 'Transformers Takara Collection' in the Works (1182701)
Posted by Sabrblade on February 15th, 2011 @ 6:46pm CST
combatron6969 wrote:Takara Collection would be nice for me. But i would prefer if they re-dubbed the English version.
Which is pretty doubtful to happen, since Shout! Factory is a DVD distribution company and not a voice dubbing studio.
Re: Shout! Factory Release of 'Transformers Takara Collection' in the Works (1182702)
Posted by GetRightRobot on February 15th, 2011 @ 6:46pm CST
kirbenvost wrote:This is pretty exciting! :D I never got to see any of the Japanese G1 shows, so this would be a very welcome release.



Dude, atleast look up Transformers Zone. The title has the letter Z, and its like the most famous Z of all time: DRAGON BALL Z!! Capes, Hand Weapons, Energy Blasts!!! It is freakin sweet!!! :x
Re: Shout! Factory Release of 'Transformers Takara Collection' in the Works (1182708)
Posted by Ultra Markus on February 15th, 2011 @ 7:21pm CST
it would be cool to have but I'm divided between listening to the bad English voice overs
or listing to the dramatic (and better sounding) Japanese language with subtitles
hopefully they will give you the ability to choose between the different languages
and subtitles
Re: Shout! Factory Release of 'Transformers Takara Collection' in the Works (1182711)
Posted by Sabrblade on February 15th, 2011 @ 7:39pm CST
Ultra Markus wrote:it would be cool to have but I'm divided between listening to the bad English voice overs
or listing to the dramatic (and better sounding) Japanese language with subtitles
hopefully they will give you the ability to choose between the different languages
and subtitles
If you admit that the English voices are bad and the Japanese ones are dramatic, then what's the dilemma? Go for the Japanese track with English subs.
Re: Shout! Factory Release of 'Transformers Takara Collection' in the Works (1182713)
Posted by SunChaser74 on February 15th, 2011 @ 7:52pm CST
--"I have been waiting for an American release of these for like 2 decades... Finally, It is about time... I know there are bootlegs out there, but I want a genuine copy from someone reputable... Thank you for reporting on this!!"...
Re: Shout! Factory Release of 'Transformers Takara Collection' in the Works (1182716)
Posted by Sabrblade on February 15th, 2011 @ 7:58pm CST
SunChaser74 wrote:--"I have been waiting for an American release of these for like 2 decades... Finally, It is about time... I know there are bootlegs out there, but I want a genuine copy from someone reputable... Thank you for reporting on this!!"...
Both the UK and Australian DVDs are official non-bootleg releases. They are genuine copies from reputable sources.
Re: Shout! Factory Release of 'Transformers Takara Collection' in the Works (1182726)
Posted by SunChaser74 on February 15th, 2011 @ 8:09pm CST
--If they were never officially released here then the only region 1 or region-free discs found ARE bootlegs... I mean really?!
Re: Shout! Factory Release of 'Transformers Takara Collection' in the Works (1182731)
Posted by It Is Him on February 15th, 2011 @ 8:31pm CST
SunChaser74 wrote:--If they were never officially released here then the only region 1 or region-free discs found ARE bootlegs... I mean really?!


The official Australian releases are region free. Yes, really.
Re: Shout! Factory Release of 'Transformers Takara Collection' in the Works (1182738)
Posted by Sabrblade on February 15th, 2011 @ 8:43pm CST
It Is Him wrote:
SunChaser74 wrote:--If they were never officially released here then the only region 1 or region-free discs found ARE bootlegs... I mean really?!


The official Australian releases are region free. Yes, really.
As is the UK Headmasters set. It plays fine on at least two of my DVD players.
Re: Shout! Factory Release of 'Transformers Takara Collection' in the Works (1182750)
Posted by Godzillabot Primal on February 15th, 2011 @ 9:07pm CST
OMP THIS IS AMAZING
Re: Shout! Factory Release of 'Transformers Takara Collection' in the Works (1182766)
Posted by It Is Him on February 15th, 2011 @ 9:36pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:
It Is Him wrote:
SunChaser74 wrote:--If they were never officially released here then the only region 1 or region-free discs found ARE bootlegs... I mean really?!


The official Australian releases are region free. Yes, really.
As is the UK Headmasters set. It plays fine on at least two of my DVD players.


That, I did not know.

Behold Sabrblade: The human encyclopedia
Re: Shout! Factory Release of 'Transformers Takara Collection' in the Works (1182867)
Posted by agentk9 on February 16th, 2011 @ 4:29am CST
I'm confused...Headmasters wasn't released in America? I remember watching headmasters as a kid. Can anyone clear this up?
Re: Shout! Factory Release of 'Transformers Takara Collection' in the Works (1182885)
Posted by Sabrblade on February 16th, 2011 @ 6:41am CST
agentk9 wrote:I'm confused...Headmasters wasn't released in America? I remember watching headmasters as a kid. Can anyone clear this up?
You're not referring to the three-part episode of G1 called "The Rebirth", are you? That featured some Headmaster and Targetmaster characters, but was only three episodes long.

The Japanese series called "Transformers: The Headmasters" was created in Japan and was never dubbed in English for Western audiences. It was however, dubbed in English for Malaysian audiences by a group in Hong Kong called Omni Productions in the late 80's/early 90's. But that dub was ridiculously awful and (thankfully) never saw a release in North America.
Re: Shout! Factory Release of 'Transformers Takara Collection' in the Works (1182895)
Posted by rpetras on February 16th, 2011 @ 8:06am CST
I'll be getting all of these!


I don't have BW on DVD, and I have never seen the Headmasters+ stuff.

Looking forward to it!
Re: Shout! Factory Release of 'Transformers Takara Collection' in the Works (1182912)
Posted by Rated X on February 16th, 2011 @ 9:27am CST
I got hold of all of them on the net since they are not available any other way. The only one that had english voice over was headmasters. The others had sub titles. Sadly I got what I paid for because after watching 2 episodes of Headmasters, I fell asleep. The voice actors make all the diference. Imagine a show where Blurr talks slow, Wheelie talks like an adult, Soundwave sounds like a human, and all the other characters have absolutley no SWAG in their voices whatsoever. Youve got HEADMASTERS !!!
Re: Shout! Factory Release of 'Transformers Takara Collection' in the Works (1182923)
Posted by Heavy B on February 16th, 2011 @ 9:45am CST
will it include beast wars II/neo?

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